Elizabeth D. Samet

Elizabeth D. Samet is a professor of English at West Point. Her latest book is Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness.

Frontline Oracle

A new biography of America’s most beloved grunt reporter

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Thursday, June 01, 2023

The Center Cannot Hold

A kaleidoscopic journey through a divided country

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Wednesday, March 01, 2023

The Art of Losing

The end of the war in Afghanistan shows the danger of our commitment to perpetual optimism

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

America’s Black Soldiers

The long history behind the Army’s Jim Crow forts

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Saturday, July 11, 2020

A Lifelong Habit of Being

Exploring a fundamentally ambiguous attribute

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The Knock on Grant

Why toppling his bust in Golden Gate Park was a strange way to celebrate Juneteenth

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Saturday, June 27, 2020

Moral Courage and the Civil War

Monuments ask us to look at the past, but how they do it exposes crucial aspects of the present and has an inescapable effect on the future

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Dishonorable Behavior

The scourge of military sexual assault and the warrior’s masculine code

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Monday, June 05, 2017